Confessions are offered on Saturdays at 4 p.m. as well as extra periods during special seasons like Advent and Lent. Confession is also available by request.
By confessing our sins with honesty and humility in the Sacrament, we are positioning ourselves to worship God under the aspect of His mercy. We are also coming clean from our illusions and taking responsibility for the ways we ourselves have damaged our relationship with God, self and others.
The Church teaches that Catholics should confess their sins and receive absolution in this Sacrament at a minimum of once a year; more frequently is encouraged, especially when one is conscious of having committed a grave (mortal) sin.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Like all the sacraments, Penance is a liturgical action. The elements of the celebration are ordinarily these: a greeting and blessing from the priest; reading the word of God to illuminate the conscience and elicit contrition, and an exhortation to repentance; the confession, which acknowledges sins and makes them known to the priest; the imposition and acceptance of a penance; the priest’s absolution; a prayer of thanksgiving and praise and dismissal with the blessing of the priest. (1480)
The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Penance are:
- Reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace
- Reconciliation with the Church
- Remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins
- Remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin
- Peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation
- An increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle (1496)
Second grade students will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to their First Communion. In addition to the weekly classes, there is a required parent meeting that are required for First Reconciliation.
More information is available on the Religious Education page.